The World Food Prize Foundation

2018 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Elwyn Grainger-Jones

Executive Director of CGIAR System Organization

Elwyn Grainger-Jones began his career as an Overseas Development Institute (ODI) fellow in Guyana in 1993, following his studies in economics at the London School of Economics and the University of Warwick. After ODI he joined DFID, where he held various positions and worked in South East Asia leading the trade policy team. 

During a three year leave of absence, Elwyn worked as the World Bank's trade representative in Geneva, where he led a one-year World Bank study on export diversification in Botswana, and spent a year helping the EBRD develop its poverty impact assessments. He then returned to DFID to establish and lead its Climate and Environment department.  

In 2009, Elwyn joined the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as Director responsible for IFAD's Environment and Climate Division before serving as Director of Policy and Operations at the Global Environment Facility.  

Elwyn now serves as the CGIAR System Organization’s Executive Director in Montpellier, France.  

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